Cruise Around The Globe With P&O
Imagine experiencing the wonders of the world without ever setting foot on a plane. When it comes to a complete travel experience, little compares to a circumnavigation of the globe. And sailing the seven seas on an elegant ship brings back all the romance and excitement of the explorers of yesteryear.
P&O Cruises makes it possible to do this in supreme style, on board sophisticated Aurora. It’s an incredible journey that takes in a kaleidoscope of famous cities, beautiful landscapes and man-made wonders.
This 114-night world cruise passes through one of the greatest feats of maritime engineering – the Panama canal – and calls at more than 40 ports, including leisurely overnight stops at Hong Kong and San Francisco. After Aurora sails from Southampton, its first stop is Ponta Delgada in the volcanic Azores. The adventure continues with a transatlantic crossing to the sun-soaked Caribbean island of Barbados and a gentle introduction to the joys of life at sea.
Aurora is a sophisticated ship with three pools, a gorgeous spa, a bistro created by Marco Pierre White and plenty of lounges in which to while away the evening. You can also make the most of the balmy Caribbean nights by eating at the al fresco grill.
While your days at sea pass in a relaxed haze, the excursions offered at each destination are an exciting cocktail of colourful cultures, iconic architecture, unforgettable scenery and rewarding activities. Aurora sails through the world-famous Panama Canal to Mexico’s ecotourism hub Huatulco.
Then, clam chowder replaces beach cocktails as the ship reaches the west coast of the USA for an overnight stay at San Francisco. After sailing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll be ready to visit Alcatraz and ride the photogenic cable cars. You only have to unpack once, so it’s easy enough to pull out your beachwear again for Honolulu in verdant Hawaii.
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South Pacific Idylls
After picture-perfect stops in Samoa, you’ll reach New Zealand in time for its summer. There’s the City of Sails, Auckland and the cultural hot spot of Wellington to explore – along with some great wine and truly unforgettable scenery.
Next on this epic cruise is Australia. Aurora spends a full day and evening in Sydney, where the marvellous Harbour Bridge and Opera House are must-sees. Vibrant Brisbane and the stunning Great Barrier Reef are included in the antipodean sector of the cruise and then it's time to head towards Asia.
The itinerary takes in some of the most glorious sights across the great continent. Japan is a special place, as is the Pearl of the Orient, Shanghai in China, where you can check out the tea gardens and ornate temples.
There’s plenty of fun in the Far East at the Vietnamese beach destination of Nha Trang. Also on the list is the soaring towers of Singapore – an unmissable glimpse of the Asia of the future.
And The Rest
The rest of the cruise includes ports in Malaysia, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar, before heading to Africa, for stops in South Africa, Namibia, Gambia and the Cape Verde Islands. There is also a visit to the Canary Islands before heading back to Southampton.
Congratulations — you’ve been around the world and will no doubt have an indelible sense of achievement and satisfaction. Phileas Fogg would be proud.
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This article was written by Louise Brown from The Daily Telegraph and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.